Truth Hurts warns she’s about to let loose a fistful of music to build excitement for the June 11 release of her debut, The Truth Hurts.
She’s finishing up her official second single with Dr. Dre and labelmate Shaunta, she’s putting out a duet with R. Kelly and she also has a remix of her current hit, “So Addictive.”
“Dre did the remix without me,” she said. “I walked in one day after he was finished; I was so excited I started jumping up and down. I don’t get that excited over my own songs — he really took it to another level. He took another part of the Indian sample and added it to the beginning and to the middle. I can’t explain it. He used another part of the sample to bring in the energy of it. It’s even more club than the original. Rakim added another rhyme to the beginning, and that rhyme is hotter than the rhyme that’s on the original. It’s just amazing.”
She’s equally enthusiastic about a song she’s now crafting with her producer and label CEO.
“It’s crazy. Ridiculous! It has an opera vibe to it. We’re thinking about putting that out along with the R. Kelly joint just to see what people think.”
The Kelly song she’s talking about is her album’s title track, in which the two play lovers on the outs. The cut starts off with Kelly knocking on the door, demanding that she let him in.
“I tried to keep the peace/ But your lies is killin’ me,” she scolds. “Your ass in these streets/ Always on them late-night creeps.” Meanwhile, Kelly tries to wriggle his way back into her good graces, telling of a scenario in which he got caught up with friends and was practically accosted by “10 or 11 strippers.”
Making that song “was a different experience,” she said, bursting into laughter. “R. Kelly is different, and I’m gonna leave it at that. He got a dose of my personality and he wrote from there. The song came off like it was supposed to.
“We’re gonna throw that out there to see what people say because we had planned that to be my second single,” she continued. “Not just because of R. Kelly, because the song is crazy. The song is preaching. It’s really my character. We really wanted to throw that one out there next. We don’t have no issues with it.”
Truth, originally from St. Louis, did have some quandaries with moving to Los Angeles. She said there was a lot of fakeness going around and that it wasn’t all on the set of a movie. Hence the origin of another song off the LP, the Organized Noize-produced “Bullsh–.”
“I’m not used to the whole L.A. vibe,” said Truth, who on the cut sings about B.S. pouring “down like rain” and heartless and spineless people getting caught up in the hype. “L.A. is a little different. That song was inspired by some of the things I was going through. The Hollywood side is the biggest side of L.A. That’s the part you really have to tolerate being on the music side. I will say this — I’m glad I met Dre because Dre is the opposite of that.”
On another track, “Tired,” she sings in a laid-back, jazzy tone but ferociously warns family and friends, “They don’t want me to turn into a crazy ghetto bitch!”
“I’m a very nice person until I’m driven,” she said, giggling. “Especially in relationships and everyday family life. You get to the point where n—az start driving you insane.”